Public Education Council

We are proud to have the advice and guidance of the experts listed below, all of whom are leaders in the field of urology, research and patient education in the United States, to continually update and review the information we use to educate the public.

John Lynch

John H. Lynch, MD – Chair

Dr. Lynch is Professor and Chairman of the MedStar Georgetown University Medical Center's Department of Urology. He is an expert on prostate cancer surgery, PSA screening tests, and cancer survivorship. His special interests are in urologic oncology, especially nerve-sparing radical prostatectomy, cystectomy as well as the treatment of benign prostatic enlargement. In addition to being Chairman of the Department of Urology, Dr. Lynch is also Director of the newly formed Prostate Cancer Center within the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. He serves as a member of the Committee on Students, Clerkship Committee, Cancer Committee, and directs the Robotic Program. Dr. Lynch is the current President of the Mid-Atlantic Section of the American Urological Association (AUA). He has recently completed a four-year term on the Board of Directors of the AUA. During that time, he served on the Finance Committee and as Chairman of the Compensation Committee. He is also presently on the AUA Publications Committee.

Chiledum Ahaghotu

Chiledum Ahaghotu, MD, MBA, MHL

Dr. Ahaghotu is a Professor of Urology at Howard University and serves as the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs. He also holds adjunct academic appointments in the Department of Community Health and Family Medicine and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Ahaghotu received his medical degree at the University of Nigeria. He completed his urology residency at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics. He also completed an American Cancer Society fellowship in urologic oncology while in Iowa. Dr. Ahaghotu has served as President of the Howard University Hospital Medical and Dental Staff, Chairman of the Faculty Practice Plan Physicians Advisory Council, President of the Washington Urologic Society, Chair of the Urology Section of the National Medical Association, and President of the R. Frank Jones Urologic Society. He has been an invited participant in the Institute of Medicine Best Practices Innovation Collaborative Panels. Dr. Ahaghotu also served as one of the nine physician members of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Practicing Physicians Advisory Council and currently sits on the AUA's Health Policy Council.

Anne Calveresi

Anne Calvaresi, CRNP

Ms. Calvaresi is a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner specializing in urology and urologic oncology at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in 2007 and her Master of Science in Nursing in 2011, both from Thomas Jefferson University. Ms. Calvaresi also helps coordinate a monthly prostate cancer support group.

T. Ernesto Figueroa

T. Ernesto Figueroa, MD

Dr. Figueroa is Chief, Division of Urology at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. He is a Professor of Urology and Pediatrics at the Sydney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University and Clinical Professor of Surgery at the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. Dr. Figueroa is a graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA where he completed a residency in urology. He completed a fellowship in pediatric urology at the Children's Hospital of Michigan. Dr. Figueroa is certified by the American Board of Urology with a sub-specialty certification in Pediatric Urology, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Surgeons, and Society for Pediatric Urology. He is a past recipient the Urology Care Foundation Research Scholar award.

His clinical interests include: neurogenic bladder, stone disease, laparoscopy, undescended testes, hypospadias, congenital genital anomalies, adolescent urology, pediatric urologic malignancy, vesicoureteral reflux, urinary tract infections, and childhood voiding disorders.

Evan R. Goldfischer

Evan R. Goldfischer, MD, MBA

Dr. Goldfischer is a board certified Urologist and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Goldfischer graduated from Cornell University Medical College and completed his residency in urology at the University of Chicago. He went on to complete a fellowship in endourology at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center and received his Master of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts.

Dr. Goldfischer serves as the Director of the Research Department and CO-CEO of Premier Medical Group in Poughkeepsie, NY. Dr. Goldfischer has been published extensively and lectured both nationally and internationally on kidney stone disease, minimally invasive surgery, and male and female sexual dysfunction. In 2008, he received the Health Care Heroes Award from Hudson Valley Parent and Hudson Valley Life magazines. Dr. Goldfischer is Director of Urology at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, NY, where he also serves on the Medical Executive Committee. He is Founder and Chairman of the Board of the Premier Cares Foundation.

Michael J. Kennelly

Michael J. Kennelly, MD

Dr. Kennelly is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Surgery, Division of Urology at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill and holds various faculty teaching positions in the Departments of Urology and Gynecology at Carolinas Medical Center. He is also Medical Director of the Charlotte Continence Center at Carolinas Medical Center; Director of Urology at Carolinas Rehabilitation Hospital and Co-Director of the Women's Center for Pelvic Health in Charlotte, NC.

Dr. Kennelly received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati. He completed his residency in urology at the University of Michigan Hospital and a fellowship in neurourology, urodynamics, and incontinence at the University of Texas Health Science Center. Dr. Kennelly was a 1994-1995 Urology Care Foundation Research Scholar. He is a diplomate of The American Board of Urology with certification in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Kennelly serves on the Board of Directors of the Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine and Urogenital Reconstruction (SUFU), the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals, and the American Paraplegic Society.

Paul H. Lange

Paul H. Lange, MD, FACS

Dr. Lange is Professor and Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Urology at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle, WA. He received his medical degree from Washington University Medical School. He subsequently received residency, fellowship and research training at the National Institutes of Health, Duke University, and the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Lange has served on many editorial and administrative boards, including The New England Journal of Medicine and the American Board of Urology. Dr. Lange is internationally recognized for his clinical and research in a variety of genitourinary cancers, including prostate, testis, bladder, and kidney. Of particular note, he helped develop serum markers for testis (AFP, HCG) and prostate (PSA) cancers.

He is currently the Director of the Institute for Prostate Cancer Research, a partnership of scientists and physicians at UW Medicine and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Dr. Lange specializes in genitourinary cancers and urinary diversions. In 2011, Dr. Lange was awarded the Huggins Medal; the highest award bestowed by the Society of Urologic Oncology. He recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

Beth LaGro

Beth LaGro, MLIS

Beth LaGro is vice president of communications and education for The Simon Foundation for Continence. She received her master's degree in library and information science from Dominican University, with emphasis on competitive/business intelligence and website development. Ms. LaGro spent 30 years at Hollister Incorporated, an international medical device company that develops, manufactures and sells continence care, ostomy and wound care products. During that time, she provided global market research and analysis, and created databases and services on competitive intelligence at a global level. She was part of several global market plan teams, including the development team for the company's global continence care market. In 2009, following her retirement from Hollister, Ms. LaGro joined The Simon Foundation for Continence, where she upgraded the main website in 2009. Between 2011 and 2013, she created three more websites to support the Foundation's work: a conference website for Innovating for Continence; a Managing Life with Incontinence book website; and Continence Central (a product-focused website for consumers and caregivers in the U.S.). Ms. LaGro represents The Simon Foundation at meetings, conferences and educational offerings, and speaks daily with people seeking information and help regarding their incontinence.

Stacy Loeb

Stacy Loeb, MD

Dr. Loeb is Assistant Professor of Urology and Population Health at New York University (NYU), specializing in prostate cancer. She received her medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School and completed her urology residency training at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Loeb subsequently received a Master of Science in Comparative Effectiveness Research at NYU. She is the recipient of a K07 grant from the National Cancer Institute to study active surveillance for prostate cancer.

Dr. Loeb's clinical expertise includes men's health and the management of prostate-related diseases. Dr. Loeb is on the Editorial Board for the British Journal of Urology International, European Urology, Urology Practice, and Reviews in Urology. Dr. Loeb also hosts the Men's Health Show on Sirius XM 81 satellite radio.

Vitaly Margulis

Vitaly Margulis, MD, FACS

Dr. Margulis is Associate Professor of Urology at University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center. He received his medical degree and urology residency training at UT Southwestern. He completed a fellowship in urologic oncology at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX.

Dr. Margulis uses minimally invasive techniques to treat patients with kidney, prostate, bladder, testicular, penile, and adrenal cancers. His research projects include clinical and lab projects focused on the biology of upper urinary tract cancers, and the genetic changes that lead to metastatic egress.

Dr. Margulis recently completed the AUA's Leadership Program and was a Urology Care Foundation Research Scholar in 2006.

Mark A. Moyad

Mark A. Moyad, MD, MPH

Dr. Moyad is the Jenkins/Pokempner Director of Preventive & Complementary Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical Center (Department of Urology). He received his master's degree in public health from the University of South Florida with a focus on epidemiology and dietary supplements. Dr. Moyad received his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine.

He is the primary author of over 140 medical journal articles. He has been the guest editor of numerous urology journals including the first urology issue fully dedicated to complementary and alternative (CAM) medicine. He has written 11 books, including the first clinical guidebook on CAM for urologic diseases and the The Supplement Handbook (Rodale, 2014). He is the author of the Promoting Wellness for Prostate Cancer series, which has been utilized by health care professionals worldwide for the past 15 years.

Additionally, Dr. Moyad was the director of the complementary/preventive medicine course for the annual AUA meeting and the annual Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates SUNA meeting. Dr. Moyad is also the moderator and an organizer of the largest prostate cancer patient meeting in the world, held annually in Los Angeles, CA and has volunteered for most of the major prostate cancer patient advocacy groups for the past 20 years.

Ajay K. Nangia

Ajay K. Nangia, MD

Dr. Ajay K. Nangia is Professor of Urology and Clinical Director of Andrology at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Nangia received his medical degree from St. Thomas and Guy's Hospital Medical School in London, U.K. He completed his urology residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and a Male Infertility and Microsurgery fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

Dr. Nangia completed the AUA's 2010 Leadership Program; is President of the Society of Male Reproduction and Urology, and serves on the Residency Education Committee of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine. He also sits on the Research Committee of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology.

Dr. Nangia is a former member of the AUA Peyronie's disease guideline panel and helped develop the AUA's testosterone position statement and Men's Health Checklist. He also serves on the AUA Public Policy Council. He is President of the Kansas Urological Society. Dr. Nangia's special interests include vasectomy reversal, male infertility, vasectomy/male contraception, male sexual/reproductive dysfunction, and testicular cancer awareness.

Dayne Nelson

Dayne Nelson, MD

Dayne Nelson, MD, is a board certified urologist. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, Dr. Nelson attended medical school at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. He went on to complete his residency at Madigan Army Medical Center. Dr. Nelson currently serves as chief of Robotic Surgery at Evans Army Medical Center in Colorado Springs. Previously, he served as chief of the Division of Urology at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas, and assistant professor in surgery at Uniformed Services University. In addition, Dr. Nelson is a past recipient of the American Urological Association’s “Young Urologist of the Year” award.

Kenneth Ogan

Kenneth Ogan, MD

Dr. Ogan is Associate Professor of Urology at Emory University School of Medicine and Co-Director of Emory Comprehensive Stone Center. He earned his medical degree from New York Medical College followed by urology residency training at the George Washington University Medical Center. Dr. Ogan completed his fellowship training in endourology, minimally invasive surgery, and laparoscopy at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. His areas of clinical interest include kidney cancer, kidney stones, adrenal masses, bladder cancer/tumors, and prostate cancer.

Kathryn L. Taylor

Kathryn L. Taylor, PhD

Dr. Taylor is a professor in the Department of Oncology, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Georgetown University. She completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in psycho-oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Her work at Georgetown focuses on the development and evaluation of web and print-based decision aids to assist men in making informed prostate cancer screening and treatment decisions. Presently, she is collaborating on a longitudinal cohort study of men with low risk prostate cancer to assess the patient, clinical, and physician-related predictors of treatment decisions and long-term quality of life.

Daniela Wittmann

Daniela Wittmann, PhD, MSW

Dr. Wittmann is Clinical Assistant Professor of Urology at the University of Michigan. She is also a certified sex therapist and a leading member of the Jan and Dave Brandon Prostate Cancer Survivorship Program at the University of Michigan. She graduated from the University of Keele in the United Kingdom with a degree in psychology and Russian studies and earned her Master of Social Work from Simmons College School of Social Work in Boston. She received her doctoral degree in Social Work from Michigan State University. Dr. Wittman's clinical work and research focus on couples' sexual recovery after pelvic cancer treatment, with a particular interest in prostate cancer. Her goal is to develop and disseminate interventions that promote psychosocial adjustment and sexual recovery after cancer treatment.

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